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Amid the batting record accolades, Mahela pays Murali a tribute

With Muttiah Muralitharan announcing his retirement from Test cricket, we revisit columnist Trevor Chesterfield's match analysis of the first Test of the South Africa tour of Sri Lanka in 2006. Chesterfield highlights the all-too often overlooked side of that sensational SSC Test where Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were involved in a world record partnership of 624 runs, yet it was Murali's 54th 10 wicket haul in a match dominated by batsmen which earned praise from Jayawardene.

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Murali on targeting hopes Down Under

As a prelude to the Australia Test tour of 2007/08 and the first Muralitharan/Warne Test series, columnist Trevor Chesterfield wrote this commissioned item for an Australian sports magazine but for space reasons was not published. It is as relevant today as it was when it was first written.

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Enemy at the gate: 2011 Cricket World Cup PR debacle looms

According to the countdown clock on the International Cricket Council ticket-purchasing website, there are, by the time you read this, 228 days, or less to the start of the 2011 World Cup.

In helping family and friends in New Zealand to find the page they needed to check out pricing and other details, it is interesting to note that the launch of ticketing of the games in the three South Asian nations had been handled by the ICC and not anyone from the central committee of the event’s organising administration, headed by a so-called ‘top BCCI administrator’ Ratnakar Shetty.

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Sri Lanka police - a World Cup public relations disaster waiting to happen

This is a timely warning to those in charge of Sri Lanka police. Get your public relations behaviour sorted out or face a World Cup disaster.

Eight months from now the island nation is to act as one of the three South Asian countries hosting the 2011 edition of the World Cup. As part of security arrangements, it means the local police force, involved in venue safety regulations have until then to brush up on their public relations act. This also includes their top brass, who should know better, but are among the major offenders.

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How Sri Lanka lost their Asia Cup swagger

On Tuesday night, it was carnival time. They were singing and dancing in the Rangiri Stadium isles. India were being crushed and given a good hiding.

Come Asia Cup final night, chasing down a target of 269 to retain the trophy was proving to be a lot more difficult for Sri Lanka’s batsmen. The top-order was swept away by the end of the first 16 overs with some explosive and clever bowling as India stared down their island rivals.

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Explosive Maharoof shows up De Mel's cronies

As it is, Maharoof had been scheduled to tour northern Australia with Sri Lanka A squad for a series of limited overs games but fate took a hand days after that squad was announced when the old selection committee was sacked and Aravinda de Silva was installed as convener. It is his decision to recall Maharoof for this four-nations Asia Cup tournament that set up this performance. As De Silva said, Maharoof’s Dambulla record has been impressive down the years and the reason he was selected.

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